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How do you get ordained to perform wedding ceremonies for your friends and family in Virginia? Getting ordained is simple, legal, inexpensive and takes just a few minutes! Get started.
Minister ordination for Virginia includes authorization to legally perform all of life's celebrations, including marriage ceremonies (weddings), baby blessings (baptism), house blessings, re-commitment ceremonies (vow renewal), memorials (funerals), handfasting, and other rites and rituals.
Ordination as a Marriage Officiant and ceremonial minister complies with all state and local laws in Virginia and is valid and accepted throughout the United States and everywhere around the world!
Virginia law requires persons performing marriage ceremonies to file their credentials with the local Circuit Court Clerk¹ prior to performing a ceremony anywhere in the state. You must hold a current and valid minister's license to perform such rites; in addition, you must present your credentials to any state or local authority and/or the bridal couple upon their request.
In Virginia, ordination or investment by the Church gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite. You are not required to undergo any specific formal training to become ordained in Virginia.
Not a resident of Virginia? Virginia does not restrict legally ordained non-resident ministers from serving anywhere in the state. Under the terms of your ordination, you will also be permitted to serve in your home state.
Ordination Fee: We offer low-cost ordination that is valid and accepted throughout the United States, including Virginia, for a nominal fee that covers our basic printing costs, which is generally a fraction of how much you can earn by performing just one ceremony!
All state-required forms and documents are included in all packages. In addition, any fees paid may be tax-deductible as a work-related expense. (Consult with your tax professional for more information.)
Please Note: Basic-level (single ceremony) ordination is not accepted in Virginia. To perform marriage ceremonies in Virginia, you must request complete ordination.
To view ordination credential samples, please click here.
¹ – Please check with your local Circuit Court Clerk's office for complete information. You may be required to post a $500 refundable bond to the court clerk to receive authorization.